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Some kids are notoriously picky eaters, and it can be a source of frustration for parents to come up with nutritious, delicious school lunches that their children will actually eat. These fourteen recipes will make sure your kids won’t come home from school with an untouched lunchbox.
1. Tuna Wrap
A classic lunchtime favorite, Tuna Wrap is a great way to get some healthy protein into your child’s diet. You can prep the ingredients the night before and have the wrap ready to go in the morning.
2. Egg Salad Sandwich
Arguably the most popular sandwich ever, Egg Salad Sandwich is a lunchtime staple you and your kids will both enjoy. The best part? This recipe is way healthier than the classic as I replaced part of the mayo with smashed avocado.
3. Chicken Poppers
Chicken Poppers are a protein-heavy lunch made in kid-size portions. It’s easy for them to pick up and even dip into some kind of sauce.
4. Homemade Uncrustables
We all know that the ingredient list on store-bought Untrustables isn’t exactly what we want to be feeding our kids. So make Homemade Uncrustables instead. They are easy and tasty.
5. Tuna Pinwheels
Tuna Pinwheels are delicious (for adults, too!) and very filling. They will tide the kiddos over until they get home with no problem. In fact, they might even stay full until dinner.
6. Apple & Smoked Gouda Lunchbox Kebobs
While you will want to choose your skewers carefully, these delicious Apple & Smoked Gouda Lunchbox Kebobs are a fun and tasty way to get the kids to fill their bellies at the lunch table.
7. Spaghetti Cups
Spaghetti Cups turn messy spaghetti into tidy finger food. They are easy to pack and fun for the kids to eat.
8. Lunch Box Burritos
These Lunch Box Burritos are a great option for make-ahead lunches. Make a big batch and freeze them for easy lunch packing in the morning.
9. Banana Poppers
Do your kids like bananas? Take those bananas to the next level and turn them into lunch with this Banana Poppers recipe.
9. Mac and Cheese Bites
Mac and Cheese Bites are a fun lunch that is mess-free and something the kids will enjoy. Make a big batch so you have a few days’ worth for easy lunches.
11. Quinoa Muffins For School Lunches
Quinoa Muffins For School Lunches are a great way to get your kids to eat more whole grains (though, technically, quinoa is a seed).
12. Jam Sandwiches For Lunchbox Lunches
Do your kids prefer something a little sweeter for lunch? Find a no-sugar fruit preserve and make these Jam Sandwiches For Lunchbox Lunches.
13. Banana Sushi
Yes, Banana Sushi is a thing, and it’s absolutely perfect for a school lunch. It’s filling, and satisfying, and the kids will have a lot of fun eating it. You can even pack chopsticks!
14. Easy Gimbap
This Easy Gimbap recipe is a quick and easy meal for school lunches. Kids never argue with hot dogs, and you can feel good about the brown rice and nori.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.